SAN JOSE -- Here's the latest word from the Joe Thornton camp:

One thing might get the Sharks captain to reconsider his stated intent to remain in San Jose despite suggestions from management that it may be time to move on, according to his brother and agent, John Thornton.

"If he felt the fans didn't want him in San Jose, he might re-think things," John Thornton said when asked if his brother would want to play where it was apparent he was not wanted.

Without naming names, general manager Doug Wilson has stated that younger players will now be given a bigger leadership role in the wake of San Jose's epic loss to the Los Angeles Kings in the playoffs, and that it might be time for older players -- no-movement clauses such as the one Thornton has notwithstanding -- to depart.

San Jose Sharks Joe Thornton (19)  on the ice during a break in the action against Dallas Stars in the first period at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on
San Jose Sharks Joe Thornton (19) on the ice during a break in the action against Dallas Stars in the first period at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, March 31, 2012. (Josie Lepe/Staff) ( Josie Lepe )

That, John Thornton said, has not changed his brother's resolve to stay in San Jose.

"He's perfectly happy there right now," John Thornton said. "He wants to stay there and win the cup. He believes they still have enough talent."



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